No one looks forward to divorce, but the proven family law attorneys at Butler & Flynn, PLLC in Oklahoma City protect clients’ interests as they tackle this challenge. Our experienced advocates guide divorcing spouses in all facets of the marriage dissolution process including custody determinations, property division and alimony issues. No matter what led to the end of your marriage or what your particular objectives are, we provide knowledgeable counsel and unflinching legal support.
As long as you or your spouse has been a state resident for at least six months, you can file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in the district court where you live. Our family lawyers draft the necessary paperwork and advise spouses on key legal issues, such as:
There’s no set time or cost associated with a divorce because countless factors can affect the process. From your free consultation through the final dissolution of your marriage, we’ll speak honestly about potential costs and other concerns.
Oklahoma courts, like the courts of other states, make child custody determinations guided by what they deem to be in the young person’s best interests. Our firm knows that parents will likely have to cooperate on these arrangements for several years, so it’s usually best to seek consensus on legal authority, residence and visitation terms. In some cases, joint custody arrangements are a workable solution, but if that presents a problem, we can request sole custody. Should the matter go to court, neither mothers nor fathers are preferred under the law, and the child’s preference can be considered if he or she is at least 12 years old or if the judge believes getting that input is appropriate. However, the court does not have to abide by the child’s decision.
Oklahoma law authorizes temporary spousal maintenance payments while a divorce is pending as well as alimony to support a former spouse after the marriage is dissolved. In some situations, the parties agree to either one lump-sum amount or a series of payment over time. When consensus can’t be reached, courts examine the length and nature of the marriage, the needs of each party and each person’s ability to support themselves. Our firm advocates for clients pursuing spousal support as well those who are being asked to pay. Whatever your situation might be, we’ll advise as to how a judge might assess your argument and press for a proper result.
Dividing up assets and debts when a marriage ends can be complicated and contentious. Our firm analyzes the marital estate and pursues an appropriate distribution of assets, including personal property, bank accounts, and investments. Often, negotiation or mediation is the best way to resolve these matters because the parties themselves have the best understanding of their assets’ tangible and emotional value. If an agreement can’t be reached, however, we’ll press for a favorable result before the judge. Because Oklahoma is an equitable distribution jurisdiction, courts can look at various factors, including each party’s contributions and financial status, to decide what is fair. This might not be a 50-50 split, however, so it’s important to have a strong advocate by your side.
Butler & Flynn, PLLC represents Oklahoma spouses in divorce and related matters such as child support and alimony proceedings. To discuss your issues in a free consultation at our Oklahoma City office, please make an appointment by calling 405-416-2711 or contacting us online.